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Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (André Sarrazin)

Do butterflies – particularly monarchs – fascinate you?

Create an attractive haven for these wonderful migratory insects by growing milkweed and nectar-producing plants. Your garden will become a place where you can observe these flamboyant Lepidoptera at your leisure. At the same time, you will help protect a migration phenomenon that is unique in the world and, unfortunately, in decline.

Criteria

For your monarch oasis to be certified, you must at least meet the three mandatory criteria listed below:

  1. Choose a quiet location for your garden, sheltered from the wind and sun.
  2. Plant milkweed and nectar-producing plants, preferably indigenous species.
  3. Maintain your garden in an ecologically friendly way: choose suitable plants, feed seedlings with compost, use water wisely, be tolerant of insects (removing those that are unwanted with a jet of water or manually), and so on. 

Further recommendations:

  • Plant a variety of plants to prolong blooming, thus attracting more pollinators.
  • Provide an area of wet sand between the flowerbeds, where the butterflies can get the mineral salts they need.
  • Reduce the grassy area and increase the flowerbed area.

Tip sheet: Create a monarch oasis

Did you know that …

Monarch caterpillars and butterflies are not edible for birds. Most birds that eat them get sick and avoid repeating the experience. So you can easily combine a monarch oasis with a bird garden, if you want to enrich your My Space for Life Garden experience.

We also invite you to sign the David Suzuki Foundation’s Monarch Manifesto.

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